First person to survive drop over Niagara Falls
Annie Edson Taylor
United States ()

On 24 October 1901, American schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive the 51-metre drop over New York’s Niagara Falls when she plummeted over Horseshoe Falls – the largest of the three Niagara waterfalls – in a barrel. A crowd stood at the foot of the falls to witness her attempt, many convinced she was facing certain death. However, she emerged – battered and bruised, but alive. The feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that Taylor was 63 years of age at the time.